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April 21. 2013 1:14AM

NH College Notebook: Dartmouth College baseball team eyes Ivy League crown


 
The Dartmouth College baseball team and Joe Purritano, a freshman out of Woodcliff Lake, N.J. and Dom Bosco Prep in particular, have been on quite a tear as they near the end of the regular season.

Purritano, who has been the team's designated hitter, last week was named the Ivy League Rookie and Player of the Week and also pulled down honors as one of five Louisville Sluggers National Players of the Week.

All he did was go 10-for-19 combined in a game against Holy Cross and four against Brown. Purritano had four home runs, two doubles, a triple and 11 runs batted in during that stretch. He was batting .343 going into this weekend's four games at Yale.

Dartmouth won all five games against Holy Cross and Brown and added a sixth straight win with a 12-2 decision over St. Anselm on Wednesday.

The Big Green went into this weekend with an overall record of 23-6 and an Ivy mark of 8-4.

After Yale, Dartmouth has only six games remaining. Quinnipiac is in to play on Wednesday afternoon. Dartmouth plays a doubleheader at home against Harvard on Saturday and then has two at Harvard on Sunday to wrap up the Ivy season.

The Big Green have won the Red Rolfe Division of the Ivy League the last five seasons and has two Ivy championships in that span. The last came in 2010. Princeton beat Dartmouth for the championship in 2011 and Columbia knocked off the Big Green last year.

Bob Whalen's team held a large edge in the Red Rolfe standings over Yale and Harvard going into this weekend.

Columbia and Princeton were tied atop the Lou Gehrig Division.

The winners of the Red Rolfe and Lou Gehrig divisions play a best-of-three series on May 4 and 5 to determine the Ivy champion. The games will be played at the home field of the division winner with the best record.



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With a hat trick and 27 points from fullback Madison Hughes, Dartmouth downed Brown 32-3 at home, claiming its sixth consecutive Ivy Rugby Championship last week.

Next weekend, the Big Green travels to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., for the first round of the inaugural Varsity Cup, a competition between eight of America's top collegiate rugby programs. The Eastern Superregional will open with a match between the California Golden Bears and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, with the Big Green facing the Midshipmen to complete the doubleheader. The victors of the two matches will take on each other, to be hosted by the higher seed.



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The Little East Conference announced that for the second straight week University of Southern Maine senior outfielder Tucker White of Deerfield, N.H., has been named its Player of Week.

White went 14-for-22 (.636) with 10 extra base hits and 12 RBI to help the Huskies go 5-0 this past week. White hit his fifth and sixth triples of the season to extend his USM career-leading mark to 24. He also added seven doubles and a home run to post a 1.273 slugging percentage.

Against Colby, White was 5-for-5, including three doubles to tie the school single-game record, and four RBI in a 16-3 win. The next day at Husson, White was 3-for-6 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. On Saturday, White went 4-for-8 with an RBI and three runs scored as the Huskies swept Rhode Island College in a LEC doubleheader. White had at least two hits in all five games this past week.

The Huskies' offensive leader, White is hitting a team-high .490 with five home runs, 33 RBI, six triples, and is tied for the team lead in doubles (10). He is also the team leader in stolen bases with 23 in 23 chances so far this spring.



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Southern New Hampshire University senior Alena Mukdaprakorn, of the women's tennis team was named the Northeast-10 Conference Vern Cox Player of the Year for the second straight year, while sixth-year head coach Greg Coache repeated as the conference's Coach of the Year as announced by league offices Monday afternoon.

The Penmen also had a total of five players selected on the All-Conference teams in singles as well as doubles. Mukdaprakorn, sophomore Diana Vamvakitis and freshman Yolanda Green were all named to First Team Singles All-Conference, while senior Amanda Albuquerque was named to Second Team Singles All-Conference.

Mukdaprakorn and Vamvakitis also earned a spot on the First Team Doubles All-Conference along with Jamie Hann and Kirsten Jean of Bedford.

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